Writing 101, Day 5: Be Brief

Assignment: You stumble upon a random letter on the path. You read it. It affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed. Write a story about this encounter. Today’s twist: Approach this post in as few words as possible.

I almost missed it. Tucked there under the rose bush at the intersection of my driveway and the gravel path.

Perhaps it was the contrast of the blue envelope against the brown mulch that captured my attention, as I  turned from the mailbox. I picked up the envelope, curious as to how it got there.

“Beloved,” was the only thing written on the front.  No address on the back. Carefully, my index finger moved along the sealed flap.

Inside, a single white sheet of paper.  Three words. “I am sorry.” Signed by “Alexander.”

Gently, I closed the flap, wondered if, “Beloved,” and/or Alexander were known to me. Hoped with everything in me that the words were not left unspoken.

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4 thoughts on “Writing 101, Day 5: Be Brief

  1. I think perhaps there could have been a little more plot, maybe the character attempts to track down this Alexander, or something like that. It was a bit shorter than I think was necessary, but if this is what you were going for, it was very well done.

  2. I enjoyed your story and how you showed compassion for a stranger. You asked about where you might shorten it – I think your 2nd paragraph works well as a first paragraph – and the 1st would not be needed. Just a thought!

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